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Secrets of Digital Illustration: a master class in commercial image-making [Paperback]

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The definitive guide to the growing discipline of illustration

Illustration is a hot subject, and professional designers, illustrators, and students are all looking for a well-researched, informative, and practical guide to this area of design. Continuing on from the best-selling Digital Illustration, Secrets of Digital Illustration develops themes and features work from countries with emerging graphic design industries, such as China, Singapore, and India. It uses the same format as the previous book, accommodating step-by-step tutorials, but this time it includes working sketches and thumbnails to provide a greater level of depth. Each chapter includes a brief introduction into the subject area, moving on to portfolios of leading image makers, and concluding with a step-by-step tutorial, making the book an informative, and highly enjoyable, exploration of this popular area.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.39" Width: 7.17" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   1.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   RotoVision
ISBN  2940361568  
ISBN13  9782940361564  
UPC  080665615641  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lawrence Zeegen is an illustrator, educator and writer. He is currently Head of School for the School of Communication Design at Kingston University where he leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses in animation, film-making, graphic design, illustration and screen design for film and TV.

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The author casts a long shadow  Aug 3, 2008
Pay attention to the cover of this book. If you find it useful, the book might work for you. What's on the cover turns out to be a good example of the book's design and of the author's approach.

What doesn't work for me is that the format is so heavy-handed that the featured works end up as ornaments to the author's own book design. Although there might be quite a lot of diversity here, it's eclipsed by large, bold serif numbers and by works packed onto pages like eggs into crates, but often with less care. The pieces look homogenous.

Don't look to the text to rescue the page design. The typeface is tiny, as if the author and editors agreed that readers should be discouraged from trying to parse nuggets such as, "Finding a method for combining the analogue and the digital while retaining a unique personal visual language is now top of the agenda for those embarking upon a creatively fruitful pathway."

Still, I wouldn't blame an author for a book's inapt title. Be warned, though, that the "master class" meanders between the unsourced (i.e., author's) banalities (see above) and platitudes documented by interviews. Again, if that works for you...

My hope was that this book would show a variety of artistic approaches. Unfortunately, what it shows instead is the author's illustration of illustrations: a long shadow that leaves readers in the dark about the topic.
no class  Apr 27, 2008
I bought this book because of the reviews and the title. It's okay - hence the three stars but it is most certainly NOT a 'masterclass' on commercial image-making. It would best be used as a visual brainstorming aid as the 'secrets' it contains are more like: "if you have a tight deadline and you're stuck, look out the window and make the first thing you see, your solution" (my paraphrase). Hmmmm.... If you're looking for a masterclass book, this IS NOT IT!
Fantastic.  Feb 2, 2008
Anyone who's asking for a "how to draw..." books really isn't cut out for this book yet. This is a book for people who want to get into the industry and have skills. It provides very good insights into how a wide range of people work through creating designs and how they have achieved success and thier advice to others. It is entirely fascinating and brilliant, but don't expect it to hold your hand along the way and guide you from infancy.

This book is for people really on the cusp, if you're not there don't bother - get out of the kitchen.

If you're a student, if you're wanting to work in the industry.
GET THIS BOOK. (Especially if you've ever liked IdN or Computer Arts magazine).
great profiles but very little how-to  Dec 20, 2007
For anyone actually interested in a masterclass in digital image making this is NOT the book. This is a great book, with a well-rounded collection of profiles for some of today's up-and-coming illustrators and a solid overview of the current directions in contemporary illustration, most of which an illustration student won't learn about in school. So I do recommend this book to illustration students and illustrators but not for what the title says. There's only a couple of tutorials throughout the entire book. I was hoping to get a glimpse at the method of some illustrators, particularily Adrian Johnson and Chritian Montenegro within the book but no such luck.

Another book by the same author, which I recommend is the Fundamentals of Illustration. Again there is not
a lot of actual how-to [make an image] but its a complete exposition on what a freelance illustrator does, can do and should do when starting out.
A must have for illustrators.  Dec 1, 2007
Just got my copy today. Great collection of work from today's top international talent. Very informative features showcasing various styles and comments from the artists. The book is literally a who's-who of the movers and shakers of todays illustration landscape. A must have for anyone in this field.

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